Summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?
The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them.
Fans of the show Elementary will enjoy this new tie-in series. The characters are spot on, as the eccentric Holmes does is crazy “research” and investigates complex crimes. This latest crime involves a murder that leads to an underground trail to a museum exhibit. But it’s not a straight-forward heist.
The Ghost Line is a solid and intriguing story with colorful characters and plenty of humor. Christopher does a great job of developing vivid characters that are familiar and keeping true to the series. I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery, and you can’t beat Sherlock Holmes in any incarnation.
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?
Review: The Originals is not only a fantastic spinoff of a popular series, but with such exceptional characters and writing that it surpassed the Vampire Diaries, in my opinion. I was very excited to learn that these novels were releasing, giving a glimpse back to the first time the Mikaelson’s arrived in New Orleans.
Klaus is as complex as ever, falling hard and fast for Vivianne, a half witch/half werewolf. Poor Rebekah falls for the captain she’s supposed to be manipulating. The Mikaelson’s romances always seem doomed from the start. Fans of the show will devour this fast-paced exciting story. As the show, this first original (no pun intended) novel is full of romance, mystery, suspense, and heart-wrenching drama. The next in the series can’t come soon enough. These immortal, Originals are a favorite of mine. And I just can’t get enough of them.
Down quite a bit from last year, I still read a total of 155 books this year. With so many great books, the competition was fierce. However, here’s my list of this year’s best SciFi/Fantasy titles (published in 2014) that I’ve read and reviewed.
Archetype by MD Waters
Reviewed here: https://scifichick.com/2014/03/14/scifi-book-review-archetype/
A Darkling Sea by James L Cambias
Reviewed here: https://scifichick.com/2014/03/07/scifi-book-review-a-darkling-sea/
Lock In by John Scalzi
Reviewed here: https://scifichick.com/2014/09/19/scifi-book-review-lock-in/
A mysterious creature stalks the streets of Portland, looking for a new identity. With one touch it can dissolve its victim, assuming their appearance, personality, and memories. When Portland homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin are called in to track down a missing person, Nick comes face to face with the changeling, but its powers have an unexpected effect on the Grimm, unleashing a deadly Wesen plague and untold chaos.
Nick and Hank investigate a missing person/murder case but catch on quickly that it’s a Wesen problem when Nick is attached by the shapeshifter. And while Nick isn’t badly hurt, he and the shapeshifter begin spreading a virus among all other Wesen – including his closest friends. The virus is dangerous as it brings out a Wesen’s basest instincts and causes them to Woge without being able to change back to their human face.
The Killing Time is set late in season 3 of the show. It’s gruesome, thrilling, and full of suspense, mystery, and danger – everything Grimm should be. As I’m already a fan of Waggoner’s writing, I had high hopes for this latest installment. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. Only that the story is so fast-paced that I read it in one sitting, making it seem much too short. Grimm fans wont want to miss this captivating story.
Never-before-revealed secrets of the characters, leading to the creation of the government’s covert Fringe Division.
In 2008, Peter Bishop is estranged from his father and running shady operations in Southeast Asia. His latest scam lands him in a life-or-death situation involving weird events beyond the ken of modern science. On the run, he finds himself pursued by strange specters of his past… and his future.
In this third installment in the Fringe series of backstories, we get a deeper look at what Peter was involved in before the TV show began. He was a con artist, whose latest scam gets him in trouble from more than one group of people. The author brings a lot of insight to the early characters.
Peter goes through a lot of change throughout the series, so it’s hard to remember this is where he came from. He has a good heart, but made a lot of bad decisions. And a mysterious stranger seems to be pulling strings behind the scenes along the way, adding an air of eeriness. This is another intriguing installment with plenty of suspense, mystery, and colorful characters. I would love to see this series continue with more pre-Fringe division stories.
Back in the 19th century a Wesen and a Grimm fight to the death. The Grimm wins, but the Wesen’s son escapes and vows revenge. In the present day, Captain Renard sends Nick and Hank to investigate an international crime cartel named Le Touche Givre (The Icy Touch). They discover this deadly gang is run by Wesen, and is involved in various illegal activities, including forced prostitution and drug pushing. As they close in on the gang, Nick begins to realize that their charismatic and dangerous leader is just as intent on tracking him down.
Review: Grimm fans will definitely want to check out this book series with all new stories from Titan Books. This first novel takes place near the end of the 2nd season, so it’s not too out of date as far as Juliette and Nick’s relationship. And Hank knows about the Wesen world – which was a big step for Nick and Hank’s partnership. We also get a backstory of Monroe that he has kept secret from everyone that comes into play in a big way. And there are a few flashbacks to Nick’s ancestor’s and history with the cursed coins and what eventually leads to the Icy Touch gang.
The Icy Touch is a thrilling and suspenseful story. Dark, violent, with plenty of different Wesen characters – it felt just like a long episode of the show. The characters were pretty spot on – including Wu and his corny humor. There’s also a point when Nick questions his career as a police detective when it conflicts with his Grimm persona. I’m surprised it doesn’t come up in the show more. I’m happy to say I enjoyed this novel more than I thought I would. The mystery, humor, and fantastic characters are all here. And I’m certainly looking forward to the next in the series.
As a child, Olivia Dunham is “Subject 13,” exposed to the experimental drug Cortexiphan. It has strange effects upon her—effects that manifest when her stepfather assaults her mother—with dire consequences.
All of her life, Olivia hides the strange things Cortexiphan has done to her. But the older she gets, the more difficult it becomes to suppress them. And when faced with a life-or-death situation, she can no longer deny her true nature. For if she does, someone close to her will die.
This second novel in the Fringe series takes us back to Olivia’s teen years. Years ago, her ability caused an accident that left a man bent on revenge. Unfortunately for Olivia, she has no idea that he’s coming for her. There are a lot of discrepancies between this novel and the series. For those who are big fans of the show, this may be a problem if you’re nitpicky about details. One problem was that I believe her abilities from the Cortexiphan trials were blocked after childhood until her breakthrough as an adult during the TV series. Not sure that she would be causing electrical surges as a teen. And Olivia makes some decisions totally out of character that I had a problem with at the end. However, it is an exciting, dark story. Thrilling and full of intrigue, in spite of its problems I look forward to the next in this series.